Dubai to issue tender for Al Maktoum International airport expansion

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The model of Al Maktoum International Airport and its surrounding areas is a main attraction at the Airport Show, in Dubai. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National
The model of Al Maktoum International Airport and its surrounding areas is a main attraction at the Airport Show, in Dubai. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National

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Dubai will later this month issue the first tender for the Dh120 billion expansion of its second airport in the south of the emirate.

The model of Al Maktoum International Airport and its surrounding areas is a main attraction at the Airport Show, in Dubai. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National
The model of Al Maktoum International Airport and its surrounding areas is a main attraction at the Airport Show, in Dubai. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the chairman of Dubai Airports and Emirates Group, said that the project is part of plans to increase annual handling capacity at Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) to 120 million passengers.

“I think the first tender should be on the 28th of this month [May]. This is for the 120 million [expansion],” Sheikh Ahmed told reporters at the Airport Show in Dubai.

He did not disclose the details of the project to be awarded.

Work is underway on an expansion of the airport’s annual capacity to 26 million passengers, a “precursor” to the larger project with Al Jaber Engineering & Contracting (ALEC) awarded in March, a deal to expand the passenger terminal building.

Al Maktoum International is capable of handling more than 5 million passengers a year and its capacity will gradually be expanded to 220 million a year by the middle of the next decade.

The rapid growth of Dubai as an international hub for air travel has put pressure on the city’s main airport, Dubai International. Al Maktoum is designed to relieve that pressure and ultimately become the world’s biggest ­airport. More info

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